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About the Author
- Publication Date : November 16, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 391 pages
- File Size : 4475 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B017QX9PK4
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1517706785
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,264 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book reads well and is in the main well edited. The plot is believable, unlike many thrillers, with all of the individual elements pieced together from behavioural patterns that really do regularly pop-up in the real world. There are some nice twists that kept refreshing the book without over stretching one's credulity.
The book's strongest elements, the difficult relationship between a highly successful father and a son that at thirty still hasn't fully tested his potential, the shenanigans of the evangelical preacher, and the preacher's daughter that seems to like existing on the seedy side of life, might be in a sense formalistic, but believable characters have to be, don't they? They certainly aren't ridiculous inventions.
The story dynamics lack some of the power of Waldner's first book, 'Peripheral Involvement', but I preferred the first person writing that was employed here. We need to get inside James's head in as personal way as possible, we need to understand why he was so easily manipulated, and that is perhaps only possible by engaging through his mind and his eyes. The third person style would have been far too remote for us to build any genuine sympathy for this patsy. I was sort of left doubting that James's father would have trusted a dime given past history between the two, but he did, and thinking about it as I read on, the father's assumed feelings of guilt made that element seem believable.
So, so far, two great five star reads, from Waldner, with I assume plenty more to come. If you like believable thriller fiction then these books might well be your cup of tea as they are mine.
when the bad guys get away without any ramifications what so ever. That is what happened in this story. The main character of the story was
screwed over by the bad guys and there were not any consequences for the bad guys at all. It took a long time to get to that point and once you got there it was sort of a downer. I felt somewhat silly for previously caring about the good guys.
Most of the appreciation comes from the storytelling. James narrates the series of events in the manner of one who's managed to distance himself from disappointment in his life. Yet his tone maintains some level of brevity and a subtle irony. While his family pressures him to make a real life for himself, James resists. He has no clue what he wants to do. Then he gets tangled up in a scheme that will set him up for life. As you can imagine, that doesn't go well.
The author chose to break away from many stereotypes and tropes that follow this genre. It follows a realistic interpretation of what would happen regarding his circumstances, rather than a Hollywood tale. There's only a handful of characters to keep track of. It keeps things simple, and it allows for James' development to be streamlined. Which wound up being the main focus of the narrative. Some of the development was reserved for those closest to James, leading to a lot of interesting little life lessons peppered throughout.
James' voice brought the narrative to life, but it was the series of events and the way they played out that really made the story. There was plenty of foreshadowing leading up. And yet it still remained quite the mystery. No matter how many times James gets knocked down, he gets right back up and powers forward. He maintains an aura of charisma and determination that help facilitate his cause. I liked his interactions with other characters. They were meaningful and served to move the plot forward.
And, man, the twists that punctuate this narrative. The part I find comical was the fact that they're twists because they go against the grain. When Hollywood would have a pivotal positive moment dropped into the main characters' lap, Prophet of Marathon did no such thing. All these events led up to the well-constructed ending.
I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. The author did a great job not only setting the stage, but executing it as well. Pacing, characterization, and writing style all held up fabulously. Step inside, the scheme of the century awaits.